A Little Nashville History: The Original Hot Chicken Creator

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credit: Prince’s Hot Chicken

If Nashville is the “It” City, Hot Chicken is our mascot. It is truly a staple here in Music City and the origin starts with one Nashville family, The Prince’s. As they share on their newly redesigned website(we love a nice upgrad:), Thornton Prince was a man who knew how to have a good time and enjoy life even in the height of the Great Depression. He perfected his hot chicken recipe after first having an impromptu hot chicken meal from one of his girlfriend’s at the time who was not too happy with him and loaded the chicken with a “devilish” amount of peppers, as the story goes.

The rest is history and from our math this means hot chicken has been around well over 70 years now. As a Nashville native, I can remember back in the day hearing my own family sharing their Prince’s stories, from hot fingertips, making sure not to touch your eyes at any point during the meal, to the infamous bathroom after experiences. These stories also often took place after a great night out. I know many of us probably have a late night story of waiting in that line to get your order taken and making sure you had cash on hand. I think Prince’s after like 1am is probably some of the best eats you can find.

With all that said, it is amazing to have such a legacy that started within the African-American community here in Nashville. They are also planning a new location near the corner of Old Hickory Blvd + Nolensville Rd. and credit cards will be accepted, Won’t He Do It!

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2 Comments

  • In my few years since becoming a Nashvillian I haven’t tried any hot chicken. I’m normally not a fan of anything super spicy but this article is so necessary. Credit should always go where credit is due and I got a nice history lesson today about the originator of Nashville Hot Chicken. So if I ever do get brave enough to try it, I know where I’m going!

    • I so agree and I am not a spicy fan, either. I usually get their plain breast quarter with fries and it is super delicious, if you want to start somewhere:).

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